We conclude our look into Peter's message on Pentecost Sunday. His message thus far has outlined what the outpouring of the Holy Ghost was and how it related to scripture. He also revealed the identity of Christ and the purpose of his death, burial and resurrection. Today, we look further into Peter's explanation of Christ, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and what can be done to receive it.
Acts 2:25-28 – Peter moves his focus to a Psalm of David (Psalm 16:8-11). This was meant to confirm that Jesus was the One mentioned in multiple prophecies in the Bible. By referencing David, he is quoting a man that no Jew could deny. People sometimes had their differences about the prophets, but they would never deny their greatest hero. We can also look to Psalms 49:15, 86:13 and 116:3 to see further heralds of Christ relating to this scripture.
Acts 2:29-30 – Peter identifies the difference between David and Jesus in verse 29. David is dead. Jesus is alive. This is to take the most revered man in the Jewish culture and put him below Christ. However, Peter reveres David as prophet in the next verse, referencing 2 Samuel where David let it be known that God had spoken through him. This verifies that the Psalms Peter has referenced were in fact prophecies about Christ. In this verse, we also find a reference to Isaiah’s famous prophecy about Christ when Peter talked about Jesus being raised up to sit on his throne (Isa 9:6-7). Paul would later use this idea as he opened up his letter to the Romans (Rom 1:3)
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